Martin van Meurs

  • Wednesday, May 27, 2009
  • Netherlands

  • Max. 2 sec.
  • 46.11knots
Average speed
43.81  ( 45.31 43.78 43.54 43.39 43.02 )
  • 100 m run
  • 45.42knots
  • 250 m run
  • 45.32knots
  • 500 m run
  • 43.45knots
  • Nautical mile
  • 6.2knots
  • 1 hour avg speed
  • 5.43knots
  • Alpha racing
  • 5.74knots
  • Distance
  • 15km
  • Windspeed
  • 0 - 0knots

Speedsurfing is changing.

With the increasing high end speed potential of bigger sailsizes it get more and more important to pick exactly the right size for the conditions. I am facing a huge dilemma everytime I visit the Brace. Last time we were all standing at the shoreline watching truly epic conditions pass by in which it would have been possible to possibly set the highest 10 second run ever. Based on that experience I decided to rig small as soon as predictions show possible wind gusts close too or over 40 knots. Today the wind swung around being too broad for the 5.5 and was too light for the 5.5, apart from one lucky gust, but I am happy I rigged the sail.

Jacques told me he wants to stick to 6.2 as long as it's clear there is room for improvement with that given size and it's a view which is completely understandable as well. Still, next time with similar predictions I am even rigging smaller to give the 5.1 a true test. Effectively this means I have to give up fighting for day honours, but it's fair to say it will be really hard to beat Jacques, Peter or some others in 6.2 conditions anyway. Lots of guys are flying nowadays and it's great to see the overall level rising this much. Congratulations to all who set a personal best speed and good to see we're really in contention with the Aussies this year for the yearly ranking.

Best 500m run